BMC Uses Drones At Dhobi Ghat To Prevent The Spread Of Dengue And Malaria

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started using drones in Mumbai, to prevent diseases caused by mosquitos.

BMC Uses Drones At Dhobi Ghat To Prevent The Spread Of Dengue And Malaria

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started using drones in Mumbai to prevent diseases related to mosquitos such as dengue and malaria. The sprinkling campaign through drones has commenced in Dhobi Ghat. Destroying malaria and dengue mosquito larvae is a problem in densely populated areas. Therefore, the civic authority has started tracing the origin of these mosquitos with the help of drone cameras. Apart from this, pesticides will now be spread with drones in these areas.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar was present at the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. The entire campaign was passed under her supervision. She also said that with Aaditya Thackeray’s concept, the drones will spray in all the wards of the entire G/South division. To ensure that locals are in good health and that corporators demanded a drone for each ward. Citizens need to take care of their homes as well. The mayor said that citizens need to be careful as water should not accumulate in the tanks of the air-conditioning system due to the decorative utensils in the house.

The drone was procured from CSR funds and it's estimated to cost INR 7.5 lakhs. In the G/South section, a large number of dilapidated mills roof gutters at the Lower Parel railway workshop site, tarpaulins on top of slums etc, are used for water storage during the monsoon. The inability of the pest control department staff to inspect the area and spray herbicides has led to an increase in the number of malaria patients. Accordingly, under the guidance of the local MLA and Environment Minister, spraying of insecticides is being done with the help of drones from June 2021 on the above-mentioned places by purchasing drones.

The drone has a tank capacity of 10 litres and a battery capacity of half an hour. The drone is being handled by a trained pilot with the help of a company. In addition, a total of 689 malaria-prone spots were detected and destroyed by the Pest Control Department staff. Changing weather and rains are leading to a larger number of these diseases being reported. Therefore, the municipal corporation has appealed to the residents of Mumbai to take proper precautions and seek medical advice on time.  

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